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Tuition Assistance/Need-Based Scholarship Program

The Hochstein community welcomes students of all ages, proficiency levels, ethnicities, socio-economic levels, and those with special needs in a barrier-free environment that provides artistic opportunities for all. Hochstein's Tuition Assistance/Need-Based Scholarship Program is just one way that we put the School's mission and values into action!

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Come to Hochstein to grow and create and be inspired! Whether age 20 or 90, beginner or advanced, dabbler or experienced professional, you can find a place at Hochstein! Hochstein offers adults the chance to work collaboratively with other adults, and also the opportunity to work intergenerationally with students of all ages – the choice is yours! 


"I took two years of Music Theory over forty years ago!! And now I am back for private violin lessons!! Feeling right at home, as I did all those years ago ..."


Individual lessons are available to adult beginners, those returning to an instrument that they took as a child, and those who have continued to play through adulthood. We have faculty members with many years of experience and interest in working with adult students. See the Music section for available individual lessons. 


Especially for Adults: Short-Term Lessons!

Not sure about whether or not you want to commit long-term to an individual lesson? Then take a 6-week starter block of lessons! These trial lessons are available with select Hochstein faculty members and are scheduled through an advisement/orientation session with a Dean staff member.


"This is the 2nd 'short' course I've taken (The other was a 5-week intro to guitar). Love the idea of the short intro courses. You're not locked into a long series of lessons. If you enjoy the instrument, you can arrange for a full semester of classes."


Fees* for 6-week Short-Term Sessions of Individual lessons (as of Fall 2020):

$34 per 30-minute lesson

$46.50 per 45-minute lesson

$58 per 1-hour lesson

*Learn more about our Tuition Assistance by clicking here.

See below for all the adult offerings at Hochstein ...



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Specialty Lessons:
Jazz Lessons – varies by instrument
Songwriting – beginner to advanced
Drum Set – beginner to advanced
Indie Study – beginner to advanced

Group Instruction and Short Courses:
Guitar 201continuing
Intro to Highland Bagpipes - beginner and up
Hochstein Ukulele Experiencebeginner
Hochstein Ukes: Amazing Women of Song – intermediate to advanced
String Improv 101: Learn to Jam Along - grade 9 to adult
Basic Music Theorybeginner
AP Music Theorypre-req: Basic Music Theory
Music History Survey – age 14 and older

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Barre/Stretch & Strengthen – beginner & up
Intermediate Ballet – intermediate & up
Ballet II, III, III/IV, Pointe – for the advancing ballet dancer
Tap Dance at Hochstein – beginner & intermediate
Spanish/Flamenco I & II, III & IV – beginner & up
Yoga NEW! – beginner & up 

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Adult Ensembles

HochStrings Adult Chamber Orchestra – intermediate to advanced
Finger Lakes Concert Band – advanced
Chamber Music Connection Ensembles – intermediate to advanced
Adult Cello Ensemble – NYSSMA Level 4+ or equivalent
Clarinet Choir – intermediate to advanced
Adult Guitar Ensembles – beginning to advanced
Jazz Combos – advanced
Rock Bands – age 10 to adult

Expressive Arts

Community Class Offerings for Adults  

Individual Music, Art, or Dance therapy sessions are tailored to the specific needs of those with developmental, social/emotional, learning, and physical challenges. Performance opportunities at Hochstein and in the community offer students a chance to socialize and experience performing in an ensemble or as a soloist. Click here for more information on individual sessions.